Pupils sit exams at schools, don’t travel
Knec had proposed moving them from schools, closer to storage containers
Every KCPE exam candidate in Garissa subcounty is sitting the exam in the school centres where he or she registered, deputy county commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo said yesterday.
He was responding to education stakeholders and leaders who urged the exam council not to move children from their schools.
The Kenya National Examination Council had proposed moving candidates closer to major centres with storage containers for test papers. It also cited insecurity in the area.
On Sunday Lagdera MP Mohamed Shidiye and Dadaab’s Mohamed Dahiye said making candidates write the exam far from their parents will lower their performance.
Last week Knut Garissa branch of- ficials said moving pupils from their schools will inconvenience them and undermine their performance.
The exam began yesterday. Speaking to the press at his office after touring some schools, Galgalo said the candidates in all the 59 centres will sit the exam in their respective schools.
“The government has put in enough measures. Security has also been enhanced, with more than 130 police officers posted in the centres and so we expect the exercise to go on smoothly to its conclusion,” Galgalo said.
Some 2,805 pupils are writing the exam. Out of this, 1,673 are boys and 1,132 girls. A total of 952,472 candidates are sitting the exam in countrywide.
The exam materials are stored in 346 containers in subcounties under the management of subcounty commissioners and subcounty education officers.
KNUT ARGUED THAT MOVING THE CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL WOULD LOWER THEIR FINAL GRADES